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Friday, October 16, 2009

For the ladies

I've also been informed recently that this blog seems to be written too much from a male point of view, i.e., too many pictures (and too much talk) of beautiful women.

Fair enough. Here are some pictures for the ladies. I've been a fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championships since its inception in 1993. In the first five years of its existence I was struck by how surprisingly good-looking many of the competitors were (this is no longer the case). But I will include some of the pictures of the early stars.

Above left and right is Rickson Gracie, of the famous Gracie clan of Rio de Janeiro, the originators of Brazilian ju jitsu. During the 1980's and 1990's he was considered by many to be the best fighter in the world. (Unless he had been caught with a lucky punch he would have dismantled Mike Tyson or any other heavyweight boxer, and he probably would have beaten the world's best wrestlers as well.) Rickson's younger brother Royce was the first UFC champion, and Rickson himself never actually competed in the tournament. But Rickson was by all accounts far, far better than Royce, and would basically just toy with him when they practiced together.

Come to think of it, I may still get accused of being too male in my sensibilities. The average guy, given his choice, would go through life looking something like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The average woman, on the other hand, finds body builders gross and unappealing (or at least claims to). Most women seem to prefer a Jude Law type, someone almost female in his prettiness. That would not be enough for the average male, who, given his druthers, would prefer to be a little more badass.

In this and the following three posts, some of the baddest (and handsomest) of the badasses.

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